Right before Galaxy S21 Unpacked, Samsung unveils new Exynos 2100 processor with improved 5G

Right before Galaxy S21 Unpacked, Samsung unveils new Exynos 2100 processor with improved 5G


Devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy S20FE in the US have used Qualcomm modems to connect to cellular networks. But the company’s new Exynos chip can now tap into faster millimeter-wave signals.

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Of samsung Galaxy S21 not launching till Thursday, But that hasn’t stopped the South Korean electronics giant from introducing new products already, which will likely be included in that event. It includes a processor called the Exynos 2100, which Samsung unveiled at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

The new 5-nanometer chip features an eight-core CPU, including the Arm Cortex X1 core, up to 2.9 GHz, with three Cortex A78 cores and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores to go. Samsung says that the new CPU “should provide more than 30% increase in multicore performance” compared to its predecessor. There is also an Arm Mali-G78 GPU to improve graphics “over 40%” as well as improved performance when handling intensive tasks by artificial intelligence.

The Processor’s Image Signal Processor (ISP) is getting a boost, now capable of handling resolutions up to 200 megapixels. It is capable of connecting up to six lenses and processing four of the feeds “concurrently”, allowing for features such as improved zoom performance and improved image quality when performing ultra shot shots.

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Beyond boosting overall performance, the Exynos 2100 also features an integrated 5G modem with low-band and midband 5G (also known as sub-6 GHz 5G) as well as millimeter-wave High frequency form of 5G is included. Samsung says that its chip can handle maximum download speeds of 5.1Gbps on lower band 5G and up to 7.35Gbps on mmWave.

By comparison, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 The chipset, which also has an integrated 5G modem, is capable of downloading data up to 7.5 Gbps and uploading information up to 3 Gbps faster.


Samsung has a new flagship mobile processor, the Exynos 2100.


Although Samsung had not formally announced that the new Exynos processor will power the Galaxy S21, it is heavily rumored that it will be in some models, at least overseas. Samsung has generally used its Exynos line for international versions of its phones in places such as South Korea. Qualcomm processors available in American models, A trend that is expected to continue this year. San Diego-based Qualcomm Unveiled Snapdragon 888, Its latest flagship chipset, in December and it will be in the phone in the first quarter.

Benefits of integration

Smartphones require a lot of components to operate, but the two major parts that make up a phone are an application processor that acts as the brain of the device and a modem that connects it to the mobile network. Previously 5G devices required main computing processors as well as standalone modems. This was because 5G technology was so new, it was very difficult to connect it with the brain. Integrating a modem with the brain of the phone comes with many benefits including better battery life and lower cost.

Just being able to make mmWave chips is remarkable, but integrating mmWave into Exynos was no easy feat for Samsung. Of the four major modem-designing companies – Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei – only Qualcomm has actually developed an MMWave modem that is shipping to the phone. And this Only 5G integrated on a chip similar to the brains of super high-end phones With Snapdragon 888. It has not appeared in any phones yet, but it is expected that it will power the Galaxy S21 lineup in the US and some other locations. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765, 5G integrated unveiled at the end of 2019, But the processor’s features made it better suited for less high-end devices.

The mmWave 5G identifies that provides super fast speeds, but is also tempered. Airwaves cannot travel long distances, and they are easily blocked by hands holding trees, buildings, glass windows, and even a device. To prevent a signal from being blocked, Qualcomm has developed antennas module Around different parts of a phone. Samsung did not explain how this prevents MMWave problems, but it probably took a similar route to Qualcomm’s modules.

Verizon has been the main company advancing the mmWave technology. Its first 5G airwaves focused on ultra-fast connectivity, before it went on to build its wider but slower 5G network. AT&T and T-Mobile also have smaller mmWave networks, but have favored their wider networks. And some carriers outside the US have built a 5G mmWave network.

Tempositional analyst Avi Greengart said an Exynos chip with MMview is potentially good news for buyers in North America, where Samsung uses Qualcomm chipsets. But “this is more of a specs, given that MimiWave is not widely deployed outside the US and barely deployed inside the US.”

However, this is subject to change. In December, the then chairman of Qualcomm, Who will play the role of CEO this summer, Told CNET that mmWave is being deployed in more locations around the world.

“Coverage is going to be everywhere,” said Cristiano Amon of Qualcomm. “And we see it with mmWave happening in more places.” He said that Singapore and South Korea have joined the US and Japan in manufacturing the technology and 130 operators are now investing in the technology.

Samsung says the new Exynos is now “in mass production.”

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